January, 2010

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Tragedy in Haiti - How can I help?

Connection Cafe

Author: Jill Ward. I am saddened by the news and images coming from Haiti after the devastating earthquake that hit yesterday.

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Nonprofits: Time to Get Mobile


83% of adults have cell phones or smartphones. 35% of users have accessed the Internet via their phone, according to a December 2009 report by Pew. So in times of natural disasters like the catastrophic earthquake that hit Haiti and affected more then two million people, can a mobile strategy help raise money in times of crisis? Livingston is right.

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Chase Giving Contest: Winners Announced Amidst Yet More Controversy

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It's left some nonprofit professionals wondering whether these types of contests are a good idea. and Sdfj Dfsjlfkddjf. Change.org reported.

I Love You Beth Kanter!


I'm very late to the game (as usual), but I couldn't let the day pass without recognizing my good friend Beth Kanter on her birthday. She's smart. 3.

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Bookshare in Chennai

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

A guest Beneblog by Viji Dilip International Bookshare Program Manager Every morning braving the heavy Chennai traffic Maria wheels into Worth Trust to start her work as a proof reader. Maria was raised by the sisters of the local Chennai Church, given a basic education and was sent off to Worth Trust to learn life skills.

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My Three Words for 2010

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last year, I used Chris Brogan's "Three Words" to set some professional/personal goals for the year. The process is simple: Think of how you want to be successful in 2009. Then, try to think in even broader terms. Extrapolate on.

Advancing Your Mission With GIS Tools


Jim Craner, MapTogether. Collecting and Disseminating Information - Ushahidi. In 2008, post-election violence erupted in Kenya.

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Web 1.0, Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 Simplified for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

While there are a good number of tech-savvy hipsters out there that understand terms like “ Static Web ”, “ Dynamic Content ”, “ User-Generated ”, “ Cloud Computing ”, and “ Semantic Web ”, the majority of nonprofits don’t talk or understand such tech speak. and Web 3.0 as follows: Web 1.0 = Websites, e-mail newsletters and “Donate Now” buttons.

Mobile Giving: How Your Organization Can Start Collecting Text Donations

Mobile Commons

As disaster relief organizations across the country set out to raise funds for supplies and aid to Haiti, they turned to mobile phones and text messaging as a quick and easy way for people to give money. Text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross. Text HAITI to 45678 to donate $5 to the Salvation Army in Canada.

Helping Haiti: Places to Donate, Creative Fundraising Ideas, and Being a Smart Donor

Have Fun - Do Good

on What Gives Our Prayers and Thoughts are with the People of Haiti on the Boho Magazine blog Help For Haiti Earthquake Aftermath. Her advice is: 1.

Is Wikipedia Loves Art Getting "Better"?

Museum 2.0

It's rare that a participatory museum project is more than a one-shot affair. hope you'll share your thoughts in the comments. So is it better?

An Interview with Robert Chatwani on Giving Works Trends 2009

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

According to the report, the eBay community gave $50 million to nonprofits, a 17% jump over 2008 despite the ongoing recession. What gives?

25 Ways to Increase Your Organization's Communication Capacity


Tirza Hollenhorst, ifPeople. Nearly every organization is feeling the pull to communicate more. To stay abreast, your organization needs to maximize its capacity for communication. At a time when you probably can't hire additional staff, that means making the staff you have as efficient and effective as possible. How do you do that? Jargon anyone.?

After Copenhagen: Turning Activism Into Impact


Going to the U.N. But it was also one of the best wake-up calls I could have asked for. dialogue and process -- even as observers.


Human Rights Trainings in Nigeria

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

A Guest Beneblog by Vijaya Tripathi As outreach coordinator for Martus , Benetech’s secure software application, I travel to many countries where human rights defenders need tools to gather, organize and back up information about human rights violations. My most recent visit to Nigeria confirmed this trend. That’s just what happened.

Interview: Scott Anderson of ClientTrack

Amy Sample Ward

—– Scott Anderson is the Director of Communications for DSI, the developer of ClientTrack. Thanks, Amy, for all you do!). ABCD) ( [link] ).

A Revised Theory of Social Participation via "Me-to-We" Design

Museum 2.0

I've finally completed a redesign of the five stages of social participation, as shown above. You don't start by designing "for the crowd."

How I'm Celebrating My 53rd Birthday: Cambodia, Chocolate, and Class

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

What was my birthday Wish At Age 6 ? Monday, January 11th is my 53rd Birthday!  After all, what's more fun than a birthday party? Beth 5.0 2007).

Leading Tech Change When You're Not the Boss


Dahna Goldstein, PhilanTech. If the words "executive" or "chief" do not appear in your job title, you may think you're not in the right position to lead a successful technology change. Here are a few things you can do to challenge that assumption and become a technology change leader. Leadership is cultivated and demonstrated.

Does Your Nonprofit Need a Social Media Guide?


Guess what one of the biggest challenges nonprofits face today when adding a blog to their website or diving into social media? Giving up control. Does this sound familiar? Should blog comments be moderated? Should we even allow public comments on our blog? How do we handle negative comments? Just delete them? How do we deal with trolls?

How to Help Haitian Earthquake Survivors

Have Fun - Do Good

The people of Haiti are going to need a lot of help after today's 7.0 earthquake. You can see photos of some of the damage as they come in on PicFog. Below is a quick list of organizations asking for donations. If you know of other ways to help, please post ideas in the comments. Fund for UNICEF also needs donations. Cross-posted from BlogHer.com.

Five Simple (and Fun) Ways to Promote Nonprofits on FourSquare

Nonprofit Tech for Good

FourSquare is definitely starting to catch on with enterprising techie folks that love to be early adopters. That’s a good a sign. Adding a Nonprofit Venue on FourSquare just takes a few minutes, but it’s crucial that you do it right the first time. Make sure you spell out the name of the nonprofit. Don’t use acronyms.

A Poetic Take on Social Objects: The Third Thing

Museum 2.0

The basic idea is that by providing tools for people to discuss and share objects, they can come together in collective experience. We were nervous.

Twitter Is A Network Weaver's Best Friend

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This past week, June Holley did a brown bag lunch at the Packard Foundation on network weaving and I was lucky enough to learn from her for a few hours! How would I describe June Holley? She's the guru of network weaving and walks on water. She covered some techniques of network weaving, sharing her check list of network weaving. Have a story?

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25 Ways to Increase Your Organization's Communication Capacity


Tirza Hollenhorst, ifPeople. Nearly every organization is feeling the pull to communicate more. To stay abreast, your organization needs to maximize its capacity for communication. At a time when you probably can't hire additional staff, that means making the staff you have as efficient and effective as possible. How do you do that? Jargon anyone.?

Is Your Nonprofit Ready for Facebook Currency?


Think your friends spend too much time on Facebook? They're not alone. That's a lot of time. What does this new marketplace mean for nonprofits?

Ingredients of a High Performing Advancement Services Shop

Robert Weiner

I've been thinking about what it takes to run a great Advancement Services operation (aka Development Services, Development Operations, Development Systems, the fundraising infrastructure, the back office). They are the curators of the institution's memory about who gave, when, how much, and for what. Understand and use automation appropriately.

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Happy Birthday Beth!

See What's Out There

Today is Beth Kanter’s birthday. If you have anything to do with nonprofits, social media, fundraising, Twitter, Cambodia, foundations, NTEN, and haven’t been living under a rock, you know Beth. Beth is the single most important source of information for the nonprofit sector on web and social media — hands down. Thank you Beth!!!!!

Who Am I? Internal vs. External Role-Playing in Museums

Museum 2.0

Recently I've been looking at ways cultural institutions invite people to self-identify relative to the visit experience. don't think so.

Guest Post by Julio Vasconcellos: Lessons Learned from Twitter Campaigns on Twitcause

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Today, I’d like to share some of those lessons learned with you. We also partner with respected brands. My friend Jessica Jackley Kiva.

Online Giving Trends from 2009 and the Haiti Earthquake


Steve MacLoughlin, Blackbaud. The September 2009 issue of NTEN Connect had a review of trends in online giving. Online Giving Continues to Grow.

Best Organizing Lessons from Organizing 2.0 Conference


In December, we held one of the first conferences devoted to the intersection of online and community organizing, with a special emphasis on the labor movement, local electoral campaigns and small organizations. It was gratifying to be able to discuss issues that weren't getting enough attention at other conferences we attend.

Facebook and Nonprofits: Success Stories? ROI?

Nonprofit Tech for Good

I like Facebook. Mostly to stay in touch with close friends. It’s great for that. I don’t play Farmville or Mafia Wars. I don’t invite people to Causes. But I am a fan of my favorite nonprofits on Facebook. I do see their status updates. I do occasionally give thumbs up, and sometimes I’ll even comment. So, I need your help.

Green Products at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show

Tech Soup Blog

The CES show takes place in Las Vegas every year and showcases all the new electronics gizmos. The event sprawls over 1.8 It's a huge show. read more.